Clean, blemish-free skin is something everyone desires. Clear skin makes you feel bright and confident, but there are days when acne rears its ugly head and all of a sudden that confidence goes down the drain.
So, we learn to manage it.
But it’s no secret that skincare products are often full of chemicals and terribly expensive. Natural, homemade remedies are the way to go, pretty much always.
Cinnamon & Honey
If you frequently visit Care2, you’ll know just how much we love raw honey. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and full of vitamins, honey makes an excellent face wash and spot treatment when combined with a little cinnamon.
Cinnamon is also antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory—in essence, a natural antibiotic that will easily wipe out any acne-causing bacteria. The recipe? Just mix together a couple tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon. After rinsing and drying your face, either apply the paste in a thin mask over your face, or apply to problem areas. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse!
Egg whites are full of healthy proteins and vitamins that can both combat acne, soak up excess oil, and rebuild skin cells. Secondly, egg whites are an amazing ingredient when it comes to renewing scarred skin. Reduce acne and fade acne scars? Sounds like a good plan to me!
To make this mask, simply whisk together two or three egg whites, separate from yokes, and apply to problem areas after rinsing and drying your face. Let the mask dry, then let it sit on your skin for twenty minutes before rinsing and drying again. After you’re finished, be sure to apply moisturizer as this mask can be drying.
Bentonite Clay & Apple Cider Vinegar
Clay has an incredible ability to draw out impurities while also hydrating the skin. It is also an excellent option for those of us with sensitive skin or those who are allergic or sensitive to salicylic acid, as it can be highly irritating.
To use this mask or spot treatment, mix equal parts bentonite clay (easily found online) with apple cider vinegar, leave on for 45 minutes to an hour, then rinse. This recipe is best used when repeated weekly.